On Wednesday, I gave a presentation to Mayor Jim Ireton in his office at the Government Office Building (G.O.B.) about the #DowntownSBYpark. Mayor Ireton has been the mayor of Salisbury for the past five years.
My presentation was a little different with the Mayor after my meeting with Mr. Jake Day (Salisbury City Council President), Mr. Andrew Hanson (the lead architect with River’s Edge Apartments), and my presentation with Mrs. Andrea Berstler (the Director of the Wicomico Public Library).
I think we need to begin using our many “Open Spaces” in Downtown Salisbury more creatively.
Mr. Hanson described an urban design concept called “pocket parks”. These little parks and playgrounds can be spread out across Downtown with play equipment like a climbing hill, a rope spider climbing structure, a few swings, monkey bars, and other features as well. The main difference between one big park and several of these “pocket parks” is that we can use our existing “Open Spaces” and also build the smaller parks one at a time with unique play equipment on each one!
When I shared this idea with Mayor Ireton, he found a big and colorful map of Downtown Salisbury and he showed me all of the possible “Open Spaces” where we could investigate building a few pocket parks.
The Mayor has endorsed our park idea!
We are going to meet again in three weeks to talk about the next steps in building an awesome #DowntownSBYpark for kids and families to play and exercise!